Tangled up in mood : predicting the disease course of bipolar disorder

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Tangled up in mood : predicting the disease course of bipolar disorder

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Tangled up in mood : predicting the disease course of bipolar disorder
Author: Koenders, Manja
Publisher: Department of Clinical Psychology, Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2016-04-07
Keywords: Bipolar disorder
Mania
Depression
Bipolar course
Psychosocial factors
Abstract: One of the main findings of the current thesis is the fact that psychosocial factors such as life events and low social support are not primarily predictors of subsequent mood symptoms, but also seem to occur as a result of mood symptoms . Over the last decades longitudinal studies have proven their great value for research in BD. These studies provided ample knowledge about the bipolar disease course and its associated factors. The current study contributed to this knowledge by adding different research approaches to analyse and interpret these complex longitudinal associations. These results implicate that it is difficult, and maybe not even very useful, to determine cause and effect when studying the ongoing interaction between the course of bipolar disorder and psychosocial factors. Consequently, models in which strict monocausal directions of causality are abandoned might lead to a closer approximation of the reality of the disorder and its complex interactions with the environment. The network approach may turn out to be a suitable statistical method to analyse and understand such complex associations.
Description: Promotores: B.M. Elzinga, P. Spinhoven, Co-Promotores: A.T. Spijker, E.J. Giltay
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
Citation: Koenders, M., 2016, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
ISBN: 9789064649837
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/38787
 

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